Instructor: Karen Larson-Hahn

Community: Adolescent Group, Classroom setting?

Plan Creation Date: February 28, 2013

Yoga Calm Principle/Lesson Goal: Grounding

Lesson Plan:

Introduction: Today we are going to focus on grounding; to be physically present in our bodies and learn ways to feel safe by standing up for ourselves and being assertive


  • Belly breathing with sphere led by group member
  • Pulse count


  • Volcano breath-imagine your breath rising from the earth like a volcano
  • Wood Chopper
  • Mountain-Feel your feet anchored to the ground
  • Roots-Imagine roots growing from the bottom of your feet, securing you to the earth, making you feel stable and strong
  • Crescent Moon
  • Modified Dancer
  • Forward Bend
  • Lunge-right leg back
  • Warrior 1 – Feeling the earth underneath your feet, grounding you
  • Downward Dog
  • Forward Bend
  • Lunge-left leg back
  • Warrior 1
  • Forward Bend
  • Chair
  • Mountain

(Hold poses to help your body feel strong and grounded)

Harassment Prevention Activity

  • Staff model situation in which there are mixed messages through tone and body language when asking a person to stop engaging in a certain behavior. Discuss the role play with emphasis on what need to do to be effective in our communication (i.e. eye contact, tone of voice, actual message etc.)
  • Group members practice asserting themselves using guidelines
  • In a kind way tell the person to stop
  • Say it again, this time ground your feet, use your strong voice and say the person’s name
  • Give a warning; “If you don’t stop I’m going to tell a teacher/staff member, etc.”
  • “If you don’t stop, I don’t want to be around you.”
  • Tell someone or follow through with the warning
  • Believe in yourself and keep trying and know you may need to do this several times before getting the person to stop bullying or harassing you.


  • Volcano breath – seated (repeat 3 times).
  • Visualize yourself grounding your feet and using your strong voice and standing up to someone. How does it feel? Who can help you to be strong?

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